Keane: Fergie has massive ego

first_img The Irishman, who was Ferguson’s midfield driving force in a glorious spell for the club between 1993 and 2005, says the Scot has a “massive ego” and rated his former boss at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough, as the best manager he had worked with. United have endured a difficult start to life under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, having lost three Barclays Premier League games at Old Trafford already this season to sit ninth in the table. Roy Keane believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United despite retiring as manager in the summer. Keane said of Ferguson, now a director at United: “Everything is about control and power. He’s still striving for it now even though he’s not manager. There’s massive ego involved in that.” Keane, who left United in 2005 after a fall-out with Ferguson, was speaking in an ITV4 documentary called ‘Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies’ which airs on Tuesday night concerning his rivalry with former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira. He said that his relationship with the former United boss is now “non existent”. The Irishman even took issue with Ferguson praising him in his recently released autobiography for “covering every blade of grass” in the 1999 Champions League semi-final second leg against Juventus. Keane added: “Stuff like that almost insults me. I get offended when people give quotes like that about me. It’s like praising the postman for delivering letters.” Keane admitted he had cried in his car when his United career came to an abrupt end over a candid interview he gave to the club’s in-house television station criticising his team-mates. He said: “Of course I was upset: I did shed a few tears in my car for about two minutes. “But I also told myself I had to get on with my life. “I walked out with nothing, I had no club lined up and I was injured. “I told David Gill I had been injured playing for Man United. “I could have played for Manchester United easily for another couple of years.” Keane laughed off the furore surrounding the infamous MUTV interview and said he felt the row between Ferguson and then club director John Magnier over the stud rights to racehorse Rock of Gibraltar had to have had a “negative effect” on the club. Keane said: “I managed the dressing room: that was my job. “If people didn’t think (the Rock of Gibraltar row) had a negative effect on the club then they are in cuckoo land.” Keane said Ferguson’s strongest trait was his “ruthlessness”, while labelling “loyalty” his biggest weakness. And now Ferguson has retired, Keane revealed he and his son have season tickets at Old Trafford. Ferguson said in his autobiography that his authority at Old Trafford would have been undermined had he not forced Keane out in 2005. The Scot said Keane had “slaughtered” several of his team-mates in the MUTV interview. Ferguson said Keane invited the United players to watch the interview, but that the decision backfired when several senior players, including Dutch duo Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy, rounded on the captain. Ferguson said at a press conference promoting the release of his book in October: “‘We had to react to the situation so quickly because his actions were so quick. For one reason or another he decides to go and criticise his team-mates. ”Most of you won’t have seen the video but you couldn’t release it. You just couldn’t. ”It ended up with two of our young players being booed before a Champions League match in Paris because of it. ”We decided we had to do something. The meeting in the room was horrendous. I just couldn’t lose my control in this situation. ”If I had let it pass and allowed it to happen the players would have viewed me differently. Much more differently to how I would have liked to have been judged. ”Throughout my career I have been strong enough to deal with important issues like that. Roy overstepped his mark. There was no other thing we could do.” Responding to the comments about him in Ferguson’s book, Keane told ITV in October: ”I do remember having conversations with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty and, in my opinion, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Kicker Cole Murphy keeps Syracuse competitive in 27-19 loss at No. 8 Miami

first_imgMIAMI — At the end of his postgame press conference, in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium, Dino Babers called on Cole Murphy down a nearby hallway.“Cole Murphy,” Babers said. “I ain’t ever seen nothing like that before. You were outstanding today.”Babers was joking, slightly. He has coached in college football since 1984 and said he had previously seen something like the performance Murphy put on Saturday afternoon. But he underscored how Murphy, Syracuse’s senior kicker, kept the Orange competitive on the road against one of the top teams in the country. In a 27-19 loss to No. 8 Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), Murphy drilled all four of his field goal attempts — including a career-long 53-yarder — to keep Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) within striking distance.More significantly, Murphy executed some of the most difficult kicks of his career on a damp, choppy grass field with nearly 60,000 fans cheering. None of that fazed him, as he tied his single-game career high with four field goals (22, 40, 45 and 53 yards, respectively) and moved to second place on the Syracuse all-time record list. With four games remaining on the schedule, he needs three more field goals to break John Biskup’s program record which has stood for 25 years.While the Hurricanes harassed Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey for six QB hurries, four sacks and four interceptions, Murphy injected life in an otherwise anemic offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They gave us a little life,” said Murphy, who broke out new cleats for better traction. “We were excited.”Last week, Murphy hit both of his field goals in Syracuse’s upset over No. 2 Clemson. Babers said Syracuse would not have won the game without Murphy, who hit a 30-yarder to put SU ahead by three in the fourth quarter and seal one of the biggest victories in program history.Because of the field conditions, Miami head coach Mark Richt said he tried to convert on a fourth-and-three and not kick a field goal in the fourth quarter. Michael Badgley slipped “at least twice” on kickoffs, Richt said. Yet Syracuse, down four with 5:23 left in the game, gave Murphy a shot to kick a 53-yarder anyway. He obliged, kicking it through with some depth to spare. Murphy perked up as teammates tapped his helmet.In the third quarter, Murphy hit a 40-yarder to cut Miami’s lead to seven. As Murphy landed his left foot to swing his right foot toward the ball, he slipped and fell flat on his rear after he connected with the ball.“After I made contact with it, I felt I was slipping, I looked up and I saw the ball falling in line,” said Murphy, who jumped up and threw a fist bump after the kick. “I was like, ‘OK, good. I look like an idiot, but I made it.’”Murphy said earlier this week that he hasn’t gotten into his own head, which he said contributed to his slide in 2016. He struggled on the road, going 1-for-6 on field goals away from the Carrier Dome, compared to a 9-of-12 mark in the Dome.As the ACC’s leader in made field goals, Murphy said he’s much more confident. Rather than listening to Metallica before games, he listens to “relaxed music,” such as The Weeknd. He credits an overall improvement across special teams, especially with the snap and hold. He took a sports psychology class to practice relaxation methods. All of it is paying off as he hopes for the first winning season of his career at Syracuse.“Last year I was always second-guessing myself and it was very anxious,” Murphy said, “whereas now I’m more in control. That’s the word I like to use. I write it on my notebook like 20 times before getting on the plane.” Comments Published on October 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more